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Inclusive Design Research Centre

OCAD University

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) is a research and development centre at OCAD University where an international community of open source developers, designers, researchers, advocates, and volunteers work together to ensure that emerging information technology and practices are designed inclusively. The group promotes inclusion in a full complement of activities:

  • growing design and development practices
  • creating tools that others can use and contribute to
  • teaching the principles and techniques of inclusive design
  • advocating for inclusion in international standards
  • providing services that match solutions with individuals

The IDRC supports open standards – as well as open access and open source wherever possible – to distribute our work as widely as possible and to encourage broad participation in our initiatives. All our work is collaborative.



Fluid is an open-source software community that designs user interfaces, builds Web tools, teaches inclusive design and integrates interface components into open source applications.

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Decapod is a project focused on building a low-cost digitization solution that will allow for rare materials, materials held in collections without large budgets, and other scholarly content to be digitized into a high-quality PDF format. This project will work to incorporate the hardware and software necessary to accomplish this goal.

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ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Management System (LMS) used to develop and deliver online courses.

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This tool checks single HTML pages for conformance with accessibility standards to ensure the content can be accessed by everyone.

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Tecla is a set of open software and hardware tools that facilitate switch access to electronic devices for people with mobility impairments.

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Through the Open Education Resources community, Floe makes tools that help transform, augment, and personalize the learning experience.

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ÆGIS (Ontario)

The ÆGIS (Ontario) project will explore inclusive design approaches to develop an Open Accessibility Framework to address the design, development and deployment of sustainable, needs-based, accessible mainstream ICT.

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The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure will combine cloud computing with web and platform services to make accessibility available everywhere.

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